Flasher caught on camera at Leeds supermarket

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A Leeds flasher who was caught on camera exposing himself to two children in a supermarket gave himself up after seeing himself on a police ‘wanted faces’ website.

Hotel manager Christopher Monthero was spotted by a customer as he indecently exposed himself as he walked around Heron Foods, Armley, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 37-year-old went into the store on Town Street and followed a mum who was with her two children.

Monthero, who was carrying a basket, was spotted by a customer as he tried to attract the attention of the children as he exposed himself.

Monthero covered himself up when he realised he had been seen by the customer. He paid for his goods at the till before leaving.

The customer alerted security staff who reviewed CCTV footage and Monthero could clearly be seen committing the offences.

Police were informed and still images of Monthero were put online with an appeal for information to trace him.

Monthero, of Paisley Street, Armley, went to a police station and gave himself up on August 31 this year after seeing himself on the website.

Timothy Capstick, prosecuting, said Monthero was interviewed about the incident and he admitted what he had done.

He told officers he had acted stupidly and was under stress at the time after splitting up with his girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and indecent exposure.

The court heard he has previous convictions for indecent exposure dating back to when he was a teenager.

Monthero works as a guest service manager at the Holiday Inn, Bradford.

Marcus Waite, prosecuting, said: “He has declared this to his employer and has been put on the sex offenders register.”

Mr Waite added: “The defendant feels terrible about what he has done. He feels ashamed, disgusted and embarrassed.”

Monthero was made the subject of a three-year community order, during which he must attend a sex offenders treatment programme.

Mr Justice Edis told Monthero: “This is conduct which is deeply distressing to people who have to witness it, particularly children.”